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 What did you do all week?

Well it’s the last week of summer and I am kicking and screaming (carefully though because I’m still wearing flip flops.) What is it about fall that leaves me feeling like if I don’t move faster, I’ll be run over? My mind realizes it’s time to get back to reality, back to work but my body still wants to lie on the beach. I’m trying to get in the mood. While meeting with a client at Panera Bread the other day I ordered tomato soup. It was so good but it was still 85 degrees outside.

The Bucks County Writers Group is finalizing details for a ghostly, other-worldly #Believe anthology. We’ve been talking about it for over a year and its finally happening! I’m hoping to post details next week. If you are interested and don’t want to miss the announcement sign in to follow this blog up there on the right. I rarely send newsletters so don’t worry about getting junk mail from me.

Twenty –years ago God blessed our family with the sweetest baby boy. Our joy was interrupted by several frightening diagnoses’ and in spite of being told he would not survive more than a few months Kyle Christopher is twenty-years-old! I haven’t spent nearly enough time with him lately so I need to work on that.

Kyle was born on September 15th. He was born one week before my oldest granddaughter Allyson would turn two. Allyson’s mom, my daughter Joanie refused to celebrate Allyson’s birthday that year. She didn’t want to celebrate her healthy baby while Heather might be losing hers. I love my girls!

A few weeks ago I got a new stove and a new fridge. They were desperately needed and I have been so excited about moving forward with some renovating in this old house. Yesterday I was making lasagna so like I’ve done for more than 30-years I lined the bottom of my oven with aluminum foil to catch any drips. How did I not know that was a big no-no with the newer ovens? I was luckier than many others but damn what a mess. I got a lot of it off but the bottom of my oven is scratched and there’s still tiny flecks of melted foil. It looks awful. So if you have a convection oven, do NOT use aluminum foil.

The other night I attended one of the most unusual events. It was hosted by The Sophia Group   The “Sophia Presents” event was held at West Laurel Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd, Pa. Deborah Penny Cassidy and West Laurel Hill Cemetery sponsored a cocktail hour with food from Bourbon Blue in Manayunk. We went on a walking tour of famous women and one famous man (Teddy Pendergrass) who are buried there. It was really interesting.

 

Brigid McGrath Stasen provided a presentation on “Finding Your Personal Style in the Midst of Change” that was sponsored by Lord & Taylor. (Bala Cynwyd)

Living Well with Pat Nogar  sponsored a delicious light supper. Attendees brought gently used clothing to support Horizon House.

It was such a fun evening!

Have you ever toured a cemetery? It definitely inspired a few story ideas for the anthology!

Enjoy your Weekend!

Doreen

Lasagne

It’s a lot of work but so worth it!

2 boxes of Lasagna Noodles (I use fresh oven ready noodles. If you prefer boiled that works.)

2 cups cooked spinach

1 quarter cup of olive oil

2 large cans of tomato sauce

1 lb. ground beef

4 large sweet sausage links

16 oz ricotta cheese

12 oz cottage cheese

24 oz shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese

1 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese

1-sweet onion diced

3-tbsp diced garlic

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp sugar

2 eggs

Salt and pepper

Pre-heat the oven to 375. In large skillets heat the olive oil. Put ½ the onion and garlic in each pan and stir until they are clear. Add hamburger to one and sausage to the other. Cook through. Reduce meat with white wine. Drain, keeping as much of the onion and garlic as possible. Thinly slice the sausage. Combine in a large bowl, stir in salt and pepper and set aside.

Cook fresh spinach in butter and stir into meat mixture.

In a large bowl mix the ricotta, cottage, one cup of the parmesan, 8 oz of mozzarella the eggs and the oregano and set aside.

Stir sugar into sauce.

Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. Add 1 ½ cups of the sauce. Line the bottom of the pan with a layer of noodles. I use an ice cream scooper to add a layer (1/2) of the cheese mixture. Drizzle with sauce and sprinkle with 4 oz mozzarella. Add another layer of noodles. Using the scooper add all of the meat mixture. Add salt and pepper, drizzle with sauce and sprinkle with 4 oz mozzarella. Add another layer of noodles. Top with the remaining cheese mixture. Add another layer of noodles. Cover the noodles with sauce. Add the rest of the parmesan cheese and then cover the top with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Cover with aluminum foil. Poke a few holes’ in the foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until the cheese is slightly browned. Let it sit for a few minutes before slicing.

I usually serve with extra sauce, garlic bread, fresh string beans and parmesan. Leftovers freeze nicely.

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Twitter Pitch is Coming…

The first Wednesday of every month is officially:

Insecure Writer’s Support Group Day #IWSG

Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your writing doubts and the fears you have or have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – a good goal is to visit at least a dozen other blogs.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers at any stage of writing from beginner to best-seller!

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It’s Time! #IWSG Philadelphia Style…

Welcome to the June 2017 Edition of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group!

 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time.

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Foodie Friday Fragments Conference Ready…

Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week, not quite big enough for an entire post but interesting. I’d love to read about your week, leave me a link in the comments…

I’ve had such a fun week. It started with a relaxing Memorial Day and is ending in New Brunswick, NJ at the #NJSCBWI Conference.

Tuesday I attended the #DevonHorseShow with friend Michelle Leonard.

She is the queen of entertaining.  She served lambchops,cheeseburgers, shrimp and the most amazing cheese and brushetta wraps. (Catered by #CapitalGrille) Of course the champagne was flowing!

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I Laughed So Hard…

Women’s Health Week was May 14th to May 20th and it got me thinking about this time last year. I always schedule my annual physical with my primary physician during May. I had a list of symptoms I was definitely uncomfortable discussing with him but I knew it had to be done.

 

More than 65 million people have incontinence and it is three times more prevalent in women. If it’s so common why do we not talk about it with each other or more importantly why are we uncomfortable talking about it with our doctors?

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Foodie Friday Fragments…

Foodie Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems throughout your week and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Add a recipe or something ‘foodie’ from your week. Leave me a link in the comments so I can read your fragments!

The original host of Friday Fragments was Mrs. 4444’s. You can find some of those posts here: (half past kissin’ time to kiss again.)

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Foodie Friday Fragments…

Foodie Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems throughout your week and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Add a recipe or something ‘foodie’ from your week. Leave me a link in the comments so I can read your fragments!

The original host of Friday Fragments was Mrs. 4444’s. You can find some of those posts here:

half past kissin’ time to kiss again.

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Music Monday and Memories…

I still wonder how it’s possible that after 18-years my body knows, my subconscious remembers. It starts with my body feeling heavy. I get that awful lump in my throat and feel sick.

How does a certain song trigger our minds to recall memories, some beautiful and some so sad? Why did this song randomly play on the radio station I’m listening to today?

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Foodie Friday Fragments are changing…

 

Foodie Friday Fragments…

Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems throughout your week and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Add a recipe or something ‘foodie’ from your week. Leave me a link in the comments so I can read your fragments!

A lot can change in a week and the change in our weather has been a welcome one! For the first time in a few years we are expecting a warm Easter Sunday.

My granddaughter Adriana played her first softball game the other day. Her sister played all through grade, middle and high school and because of an injury cannot play in college. I’m looking forward to attending as many games as I can and am looking forward to watching that “I got it” moment.

Have you been watching the new 24? I’m definitely missing Chloe and Jack but just like the original series the hour is non- stop action that has me on the edge of my seat the whole time. The story line is realistic and horrifying. In fact I am having trouble keeping track of all of these shows that seem to be trying to align with the reality of our political climate. It’s overwhelming and the story lines are so similar it’s getting monotonous. I’m not sure I’ll watch Homeland, 24, and Designated Survivor next season. SIX and the Americans still have my attention.

I’m even bored with the Housewives and HGTV. Maybe I should shut the TV off and write another book.

April the giraffe is FINALLY in the early stages of labor according to the vet. Maybe she will have an Easter baby.  UPDATE: April had a baby boy!

I’ve been getting a ton of emails asking me for my new email address because apparently Verizon is getting out of the email business. It’s probably a good idea because the service is pretty awful but I was panicking because of my contacts and all of my business email files. I hadn’t heard anything from Verizon about this so I wondered if they were hacked again. I called today and was told I am not one of the customers being rolled over to AOL…yet. I’m nervous.

I had my yearly check-up a few weeks ago and because I’ve had several severe allergic reactions & have been having trouble catching my breath since the last one, my doc ordered a bunch of tests. I’ve known for two-years that I most likely had Celiac Disease. I blew it off other than cutting down on breads. What in the world was I thinking? I had no idea how serious this disease is and I never imagined it was the cause of the increased severity of my allergic reactions. None of these tests are coming back with simple results. I admit it, I’m nervous. Getting older is definitely complicated.

The Foodie part of Friday Fragments is definitely going to change. Any ideas or recipes you can share with me will be greatly appreciated! For me it is no gluten and no grain.

These crackers have saved me. I’ve been slicing cherry tomatoes and small slices of mozzarella and baking them for 5 or 6-minutes. They are really good! Not pizza but an okay substitute. I’ll keep telling myself that.

 

Please keep my family in your thought and prayers this Easter/Passover season. We have a few members dealing with serious health issues. I will do the same for you!

Have a blessed Easter/Passover.

Doreen

Registration is now open for the Amazing Philadelphia Writers Conference. I am so excited to be presenting a 3-day workshop on Nonfiction/Memoir. If you plan to attend let me know, I’d love to meet up with you!

http://www.cvent.com/events/2017-philadelphia-writers-conference/agenda-57f242152e4c4f40b995ebed75109554.aspx

I am also presenting a workshop on book marketing at the New Jersey Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference (NJSCBWI) I’ve never been to this conference so I am looking forward to it. If you plan to attend this one please let me know so we can meet up!

https://newjersey.scbwi.org/events/june-conference-2017-save-the-date/

 

 

 

 

 

Foodie Friday Fragments Taco Style…

FRIDAY FRAGMENTS

I apologize this post is late. WordPress issues.

Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for an entire post but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations. “Heard” items, and other small gems throughout your week and put them together in a Friday Fragments Post. Add a recipe or something ‘foodie’ from your week. Leave me a link in the comments so I can read your Fragments.

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